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'Brian's Song,' 'Roots' and 'Purple Rain' writer William Blinn dead at 83

Added 10-25-20 11:20:02am EST - “William Blinn, the screenwriter behind immensely popular and thought-provoking films such as "Brian's Song," "Roots" and Prince's "Purple Rain," died at age 83.” - Foxnews.com

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William Blinn, the screenwriter behind immensely popular and thought-provoking TV movies such as "Brian's Song" and "Roots," as well as the motion picture "Purple Rain," starring Prince, died at age 83.

Blinn died Thursday of natural causes at an assisted-living community in Burbank, Calif., his daughter, Anneliese Johnson, said Saturday.

Among his many accolades, Blinn won both Emmy and Peabody awards for the 1971 TV movie “Brian's Song," which dramatized the friendship of Chicago Bears players Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers. It was a hit when it aired and is an enduring favorite with sports fans and critics.

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